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Holidays in Barmouth

Seaside haven with stunning mountain and estuary views

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Barmouth Bridge

Barmouth is a truly great holiday destination found on the west coast of Wales, beyond the mountains of Snowdonia National Park. It’s remarkable for its breathtaking views of the estuary of the River Mawddach. It could become one your favourite coastal locations in the British Isles because of its magnificent and diverse beauty.

With the sand dunes of Harlech and the seductively bizarre Portmeirion to its north, there’s no shortage of inspiration for your holiday itinerary. The town of Barmouth has a maritime history and strong connections to the slate manufacturing industries in the area. The old town is characterised by narrow alleyways and cottages that climb the lower edge of the mountainside.

Barmouth by day

There are also a number of points of historical interest such as Ty Gwyn, the oldest building in the town, and when you settle down for a drink in the popular Last Inn, take a look up and admire the open beams and original features. The town’s harbour has spectacular views and it is the starting point for the Mawddach Trail for both cyclists and walkers of all abilities.

One of Barmouth’s most notable attractions has to be its beach, a long expanse of sand nestled between craggy mountains. With large waves perfect for surfing, this beach attracts both water sport lovers and sunbathers, while fishing and boat trips are also possible. A ferry can be taken across the Mawddach Estuary to the smaller resort of Fairbourne on the other side.

Alongside the beach, Barmouth retains all the charm of a traditional seaside town with its pleasant promenade, lined with amusement arcades, swing boats and other classic seaside attractions. During the summer months, a land train also runs along the promenade.

Harlech is close by and a short journey by car or train up the coast. The beaches are long and sandy and there’s a good dune system too. Harlech has a great castle to explore that dominates views for miles. Aberystwyth is a university town, located within reasonable driving distance to the south for a larger choice of shops and eateries. Portmeirion is also worth a drive too. It’s an Italianate village built around a cove with a curious history. Some may recognise it from the 1960s cult TV show The Prisoner.

"Barmouth retains all the charm of a traditional seaside town..."

Barmouth is a great place to get away from it all. It has all you need for a couple’s retreat or a family getaway. There’s lots to see and do for all the family, whether you like history, sports, walking or simply playing on the beach.

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While you’re there

Dragon Theatre

A converted Victorian chapel which now serves as a traditional theatre showing recognised performances

Bronze Bell Shipwreck Museum

Found inside the town's oldest building, discover the maritime history of the area, including the salvation of The Bronze Bell

The Last Inn

A welcoming and authentic 15th century pub complete with ship's timber beams.

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